#ArtisJustice

S2019 E11 | FULL EPISODE

111: Deborah Luster on how art heals

“When you have a tragedy in your life, you tell the story over and over and over to try to heal from it.” Deborah Luster tells the story of how taking photos of over 25,000 inmates in Louisiana helped her heal after her mother’s homicide.

AIRED: August 12, 2019 | 0:01:06
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An artist of change is an artist that wants to make a difference-

not just put out a painting or a sculpture

but really make a difference in society.

I took over 25,000 photographs of inmates in Louisiana prisons

and they were printed on five-by-four pieces of metal

and then stored in this cabinet.

What led me to this project was the homicide of my mother.

When you have a tragedy in your life,

you tell the story over and over and over to try to heal from it,

and I've realized that that's what I was doing with this project.

This constant repetition of preparing the plates,

coating the plates, drying the plates,

was telling my story through someone else's story.

I hope that people find a connection there,

you know, in their bones,

that they feel something and the work inhabits them.

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